Boston University: Geneva - Internship Program
The Geneva Internship program combines coursework at the Boston University Geneva Center with professional work experience in or near Geneva. During the first part of the program, students take one required core course and one elective course. ... read more
The internship was great, but this itself would not make me want to endure this program again. I have a job because of this program, but BU needs to make some serious administrative changes before anyone is able to enjoy this experience. Logan N - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned many things about international organizations, and they are worthwhile. Sichen Lin - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I would say that the 3 most important things I learned from studying abroad were how to budget and allocate time and money efficiently, the best and most efficient ways to travel, and the material from my international law courses and internship. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned how to be more independent and experience a new and different city. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
One of the biggest take-aways from this program that has fundamentally changed my worldview is just how much of an impact the United States has had on the world and how (often unknowingly) privileged Americans are simply by holding a US passport. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I tried my best to get to know the locals. Swiss people are very private, so it took me a long time to make friends with them. However, this gave me less time to hang out with the Americans in my program, and made them dislike me. They started to talk behind me. I've learnt that you can't have your cake and eat it. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot from the internship, which was probably the most worthwhile part of the whole thing. I also became a really good traveler and had an amazing time traveling Europe. Switzerland is also a place I would consider living in the future. The only part that soured the whole thing was the way that the program was run. Morgan G - Bucknell University View Entire Review
I learned so much about how to conduct myself in an international community in the world headquarters of public health, I learned a tremendous amount about international public health and cultures that I could not learn in the class room from my internship, and I've gained incredible networking and work experiences from the inte... A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained strong French skills, knowledge of the NGO/UN system in Geneva as well as insight into Swiss life. Yes, this was all worthwhile but I felt that I could have prospered more elsewhere A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned what it was like working in the international relations field which is somewhere I definitely do not see myself in the future. I'm glad I had the experience, but I now know that I'd rather work for an NGO doing field work than doing policy work. Sigrid S - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I'm glad I went on this program because of the friends that I made and because of the things that I learned about myself. I now know that I have absolutely no interest in anything relating to International Relations. I wish that the program emphasized the importance of French or German more, and that I had been able to actually ... Ula R - Brandeis University View Entire Review
This experience was very worthwhile as I was exposed to a city that I had only read about quite a few times in my international relations courses and in my extra curricular activities. it was therefore good to experience the international Geneva that I had always read about. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
YES! A student - Cornell University View Entire Review
Even though there were a lot of ups and down in my abroad experience, I still found it extremely worthwhile and recommend anyone and everyone to go abroad. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was extremely worthwhile. I gained first-hand experience with a global health organization and got to learn a lot about global and international health from experts. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Not only did my French abilities improve ten-fold, but I feel more comfortable traveling on my own and have a better knowledge of human rights within the UN and around the world. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was worthwhile. I learned how to budget better and got some relevant work experience. Jacob R - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained so so much from my experience abroad. I do not regret it, and would undeniably do it again. I gained a lot of important skills from my internship that I can use for future jobs. I was exposed to so many different career options and the things I've learned from my courses and from meeting people helped me to make major... Hannah Lee - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and improving the quality of my coursework. A student - Providence College View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. I gained a lot from the internship, on how to work, what to do, how to deal with conflicts, how do NGO's work and how does a successful NGO work to make the work be fun. A student - Trinity University View Entire Review
I made my experience in Geneva great on my own accord. The program did not contribute to my wonderful time in Geneva. I learned a lot about Swiss history and enjoyed exploring the country. Irene M - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about what I don't want in my future work environment through the internship period. It was worthwhile for the work experience. A student - Trinity University View Entire Review
Yes, the internship was amazing A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned that I do not want to work in the public health sector, but instead want to focus more on neuroscience. While in hindsight I would not have gone on this program because I would've liked to focus more on neuroscience research, this experience allowed me to learn more about myself and my future career path. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
The internship experience was amazing and I learned a lot from it, however, I did not learn much from the classes at all. Alex G - Brandeis University View Entire Review
The Geneva Internship program combines coursework at the Boston University Geneva Center with professional work experience in or near Geneva.
During the first part of the program, students take one required core course and one elective course. Students also meet with the program’s internship advisors in order to be placed according to ability, professional goals, experience, work habits, and availability of local placements.
During the final eight weeks, students enroll in an internship. Students work full time, four days per week, while enrolling in one elective course, which meets once a week for a full day depending on their track choice; this course will usually be either on a Tuesday or Thursday.
Students also choose from one of two tracks and must specify their track selection at the time of submitting an application: International Relations or Public Health.